Birth Families

What about the father of my baby?

In adoption, fathers have the right to contest or consent to an adoption. In most cases, the adoption process will go most smoothly by notifying the father of the adoption and giving him the opportunity to weigh in. A man’s reaction will depend upon his willingness to have a child at this time in his life. If your baby’s father is supportive, he can be an invaluable source of strength and support.

What is open adoption?

In an open adoption, birth parents select adoptive parents for their child. The adoptive parents and birth parents choose the level of contact and openness they prefer. They create an adoption agreement that outlines ongoing contact and communication. This can include visits once or twice a year and letters and pictures exchanged by both parties.

How can adoption be a good choice for me and my baby?

If you are not ready to be a parent, you can still give your baby the gift of life by choosing adoption.

How can I carry a baby for 9 months and then make an adoptions plan?

That’s a tough question and there is no single, easy answer. Choosing adoption means you’ve chosen life, blessed a family with your gift, and that your child will grow up knowing you’ve made a loving, unselfish decision.

Can I choose the family for my baby?

Absolutely! You can review profiles and pictures of our carefully prescreened families. Or, you can even choose a friend, family member, or someone who has been recommended to you.

How much contact can I have with my baby following the birth?

That is up to you. Following the birth, you can hold your baby for as long as you choose. The adoptive parents will know of your wishes in advance and respect your privacy as well as your need to know your child is loved and cared for.

How can I be sure my baby will be well cared for?

Our adoptive families are carefully screened and have met every standard set by Antioch Adoptions and the State of Washington and Arizona. We will make visits to the home following placement to ensure your child is well cared for.

How soon after the birth will my baby go to the family I chose?

The timing of your child’s placement depends on your choices, legal requirements, and the role of the birthfather. Many mothers desire their baby be placed with the adoptive family directly from the hospital, while other mothers prefer temporary care while they reflect on their adoption decision.

Do I need a lawyer or need to help pay for the adoption?

The adoptive family will obtain a lawyer to help with the finalization of the adoption.  That lawyer will also reach out to you and present you will legal documents.  There is no fee involved for you.  If you choose to get your OWN attorney, the adoptive family will pay for that as well.

You do not need a lawyer; all legal details will be handled for you and the birthfather. Our services are free to you.

Who can I talk to?

One of our trained staff would be happy to talk with you. You can call us at (425) 558-0921 or email foreverfamily@antiochadoptions.org. If you need immediate help, you can call or text 425-529-3943. We are available 24 hours a day.